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X-Alps athlete Peter von Bergen in fatal accident

X-Alps athlete Peter von Bergen in fatal accident

Swiss Red Bull X-Alps pilot Peter von Bergen has died in a paragliding accident. The accident happened on the morning of Sunday 20 March 2016. He was 30. According to local press reports Peter was flying at Fiesch in Switzerland when the accident happened at about 9.30am. Jungfrau Zeitung reported that after taking off from […]

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Paramotor World Championships 2016: Popham, UK, 20-27 August

Paramotor World Championships 2016: Popham, UK, 20-27 August

Britain’s finest … British Paramotor Championships 2014. Expect similar wide open grassy fields and rolling landscape at Popham 2016 A change in venue means the Paramotor World Championships 2016 will now be held at a famous Spitfire airfield in the south of England, from 20-27 August 2016. Popham Airfield is a well known airfield an […]

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Advance’s announce first acro paraglider: the Omikron

Advance’s announce first acro paraglider: the Omikron

Advance are launching their first ever serial acro wing, the Omikron, in April 2016.  They say it combines well-balanced high level dynamics with uncomplicated handling, and is directed at keen acro pilots and professionals. Developed by experienced acro pilots, it is capable of the trickiest of manoeuvres. Advance say: The wing’s Infinity behaviour is very harmonic […]

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Sol Sycross One: high-end EN B

Sol Sycross One: high-end EN B

Sol say the new Sycross One is a high-end B wing, aimed at frequent flyers wanting a high-performing but safe paraglider. The third EN-B wing in Sol’s current range, they describe it as their ‘thermal-snooping cross-country performer’. Half of all pilots fly in B class and with the Sycross One we offer now the whole spectrum in this […]

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Sky Country Muscat 3: EN-A paraglider

Sky Country Muscat 3: EN-A paraglider

Ukrainian manufacturer Sky Country have announced a forthcoming new EN-A school paraglider, called the Muscat 3. It replaces the Muscat 2, which had EN-B certification. They say it is a nice easy wing for school pilots, but is agile for its class, a trait that more experienced pilots will appreciate too. The Muscat 3 has a modest aspect ratio of […]

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Safety: Free line kit for Advance Epsilon 7 and Zeta models

Safety: Free line kit for Advance Epsilon 7 and Zeta models

Advance are advising the retrofitting of a free line kit to Epsilon 7 and Zeta paragliders, to bring them up to the latest strength safety standards.  The announcement on 10 March 2016 explains the move is “to conform to the latest, more stringent safety standards” although both wings conform to the existing norms and minimum strength […]

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Video: Swing’s Ram Air Section Technology (RAST)

Video: Swing’s Ram Air Section Technology (RAST)

There has much online discussion about RAST, Swing’s innovative Ram Air Section Technology paraglider design, as used on the EN-A Mito. Swing claim RAST  is a huge leap forward in paraglider safety.  Swing have released the video above to explain in detail what RAST is, and how it works. They say the primary benefits are: Firstly, particularly […]

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GIN granted CCC exemption after factory closed down

GIN granted CCC exemption after factory closed down

GIN have requested a temporary change in the rules to the new CCC regulations for Cat 1 paragliding comps because their factory in North Korea has been closed down. In a notice issued on 7 March 2016, CIVL said that GIN, which make the Boomerang 10 comp wing, had asked for an exemption to the […]

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Advance Easiness 2 – light reversible airbag harness

Advance Easiness 2 – light reversible airbag harness

Advance have unveiled their latest lightweight reversible harness – the Easiness 2. A modular design, it’s suitable for hike-and-fly,  travel, bivouac and leisure flying. The Easiness 2 is a seatboardless design, and it has a removable airbag with a built-in reserve compartment. Advance say they have made the leg pads longer and the shoulder straps wider than […]

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U-Turn Eternity – EN A paraglider

U-Turn Eternity – EN A paraglider

The Eternity from U-Turn is an EN-A paraglider with a flat aspect ratio of 5.0, suitable for beginners up.  It’s light in weight, starting at 3.45kg in the smallest size (increasing to 4.85kg in the biggest of the six sizes). U-Turn say the Eternity is a very forgiving wing, but with precise, sporty handling and an outstanding […]

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Nervures Expe 2 ultra-lightweight harness

Nervures Expe 2 ultra-lightweight harness

The Expe 2 from Nervures is a super-skinny harness for hike-and-fly, para-alpinism and speed riding. It weighs just 238g in the largest of three sizes, but isn’t completely stripped-down bare for lightness. It has a lightly padded Skytex seat and back, and adjusters on the Dyneema straps, for both size and angle of recline. Softlinks replace […]

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Little Cloud Turtle reversible harness

Little Cloud Turtle reversible harness

French mini-wing specialists Little Cloud have released a new reversible airbag harness, called the Turtle.  The harness is a no-pod type with a certified airbag that extends from under the seat all the way up the pilot’s back. LC say the Turtle has neutral roll behaviour and is fully adjustable in flight. A front-mount reserve attaches directly […]

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Sky Apollo – high-end EN B paraglider

Sky Apollo – high-end EN B paraglider

Sky have unveiled their new high-end EN-B paraglider – the Apollo. They say it’s dripping with the latest technology and set to be a class-leader. Aimed at experienced pilots, Sky say it offers the ultimate performance, sublime handling and easy launch characteristics. The Apollo is a three-line design with narrow upper lines and an aspect ratio of […]

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Flytec Element Speed flight instrument

Flytec Element Speed flight instrument

Flytec are launching the Element Speed, a clear and easy-to-use flight instrument for non-XC pilots, in March 2016. The instrument clearly displays information (ground- and airspeed, wind direction and wind speed, last thermal flown, glide ratio, distance and bearing to the launch site) in graphical and numerical formats. The Element Speed uses Flytec’s tried-and-tested ‘domed’ keyboard with large, positive buttons for gloves-on […]

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Safety notice: Swing speed and mini wings

Safety notice: Swing speed and mini wings

Swing issued a safety notice on 23 February 2016, concerning their speed and mini wings. If you own or fly a SWING Speed- and/or Mini Wing, it is important that you read the message below: Swing asks every pilot to visually check their mini wing before the next flight and confirm the presence of the […]

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Cloudbase Mayhem podcast: Ondrej Prochazka

Cloudbase Mayhem podcast: Ondrej Prochazka

Gavin McClurg interviews Ondrej Prochazka in the latest Cloudbase Mayhem podcast I first met Ondrej in May, 2015 while training with Aaron Durogati on course line between the Brenta and Piz Corvatch turnpoints for the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps. We spent a few days in pretty horrendous weather figuring out a pretty tough part of […]

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Junior passenger harness from Independence

Junior passenger harness from Independence

Independence’s Junior is a lightweight EN / LTF certified children’s tandem passenger harness with mousse back protection. The harnesses has child-proof buckles that kids can’t open in the air, and is made from a strong Cordura fabric with a honeycomb seatboard and comfortable padded back. It has colour-coded hangloops and comes with snaplock karabiners. The Junior is […]

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World’s longest paragliding task: 214km at the Kiwi Open

World’s longest paragliding task: 214km at the Kiwi Open

Thirty-two pilots made goal at 214km in the world’s longest paragliding task at the New Zealand Paragliding Open 2016 on 13 February 2016.

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Sky Gii 3 series paraglider harnesses

Sky Gii 3 series paraglider harnesses

Sky have overhauled and updated their Gii harness series of accessible harnesses, suitable for beginners upwards. The Gii 3 series harnesses are now available. Sky say the Gii 3 series stand for light weight, durability, comfort and safety, all blended into an uncluttered design – a versatile solution for many disciplines. Just some of the new features are the […]

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Paradox – Mac Para’s competition PPG wing

Paradox – Mac Para’s competition PPG wing

Mac Para’s new Paradox is a high-performance competition-level paramotor racing and slalom wing. The Paradox sports newly-designed reflex aerofoils and competition trimmer risers, and has an aspect ratio of 6.0. Mac Para say it is fast, agile and fun. Of its handling, they say: The Paradox inflates very easily in all conditions even in a light, nil […]

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